Saving LGBTQ History: Fall Benefit

Saving LGBTQ History: Archives in a Time of Activism

Fall Benefit: September 12-13, 2020 at Gerber/Hart

Current events, including the wave of social activism, emphasize the importance of collecting and preserving items—often fragile or unique—that help to capture the essence of these experiences for future generations. LGBTQ history is a history of activism, a history of struggles against pathologizing, violence, discrimination, and marginalization, and a history of victories related to acceptance, inclusion, liberty, and equality.

Over the two days of September 12-13 there will be a series of 90 minute sparkling salons (10-12 people each) that will highlight Gerber/Hart’s archives of activism. This will be an opportunity for intimate discussions on the current work and future of Gerber/Hart including the presentation of the new 5 year strategic plan, a tour of the restricted stacks by the director, and a tour of the newly opened exhibit on queer activism in the 1990s by a curator. Sparkling wine, wine, and water, as well as light snacks will be served during the salons.

Salon times will be 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 12 and 10:00 a.m., 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 13. The Benefit will be held at Gerber/Hart (6500 N. Clark St., Chicago).

Recommended guidelines for gatherings and food service amid the COVID-19 pandemic will be followed. Unless guidelines are relaxed, all attenders will be required to wear a face mask.

Salon time reservations can be indicated on following form.

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